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    What's the Best Book You've Ever Read?

    Since there's a "What's the Worst Book You've Read?‎" thread, I thought I'd start a best book thread.

    A while back, I read "10 little Indians" by Agatha Christie, I liked it so much that I finished it in one afternoon, but I currently don't have an all time favorite of my own.

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    The Upanishads.

    Not a single book, but a collection of short texts. I find it to be much more useful than any other single book I've come across.

    These texts function as guides to overcoming the illusory perceptions of normative reality and the false division between Self and Absolute.
    To practice magic is to be a quack; to know magic is to be a sage. - Eliphas Lévi

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    I don't get around with much fiction (I tend to read everything else), but a while back I gave Ayn Rand a try, and The Fountainhead ended up having a huge influence on me. Before that I read Anthem and We the Living to work my way up, but I never got around to reading Atlas Shrugged.
    "If the natural tendencies of mankind are so bad that it is not safe to permit people to be free, how is it that the tendencies of these organizers are always good? Do not the legislators and their appointed agents also belong to the human race? Or do they believe that they themselves are made of a finer clay than the rest of mankind?" - Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

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    I'd say Nature's Eternal Religion, White Man's Bible and One Last Time by John Edward. After reading each, I haven't really looked at the world the same again.

    There's others books... but those are probably my most favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paradigm View Post
    I don't get around with much fiction (I tend to read everything else), but a while back I gave Ayn Rand a try, and The Fountainhead ended up having a huge influence on me. Before that I read Anthem and We the Living to work my way up, but I never got around to reading Atlas Shrugged.
    The Fountainhead is the only book of hers that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. It did influence me also, but I didn't agree with every idea Ayn offered in it.

    I'm gonna try to read her other books.

    I just got done reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts after a friend recommended it to me, a very good read but mainly about India, and there is some miscegenation in the plot.

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    "Brave New World" and related book "Amusing ourselves to death", Orwell based his 1984 off Brave New world. And what is going on with the world is more in line with Brave New World than 1984.

    Check it out

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    One of the best books I have read is "The Symposium", by Plato; this is his theory of love.

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    Third place would go to R H Dana with his classic Two Years Before The Mast.

    Second place would go to T H White for his Goshawk.

    First place would be a tie betweem T H Lawrence's The Mint and Ben Travens The Death Ship.

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    Best Book

    The best book I ever read is "Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgahov. Philosophical and full of humour, yet deep and human.

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    Mine is probably The Great Gatsby. I absolutely love the last few paragraphs (don't read if you don't want spoliers):

    "Most of the big shore places were closed now and there were hardly any lights except the shadowy, moving glow of a ferryboat across the Sound. And as the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailors’ eyes — a fresh, green breast of the new world. Its vanished trees, the trees that had made way for Gatsby’s house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams; for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.
    And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
    Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning ——
    So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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